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Windthrow Management Guidance

Management and Assessment Guidebooks
  • The Riparian Management Area Guidebook describes riparian assessment procedures and best management practices by stream class.
  • Reduction of wind damage in reserve zones is a major function of management zones.
  • An assessment of windthrow risk is required in order to determine which of the Best Management Practices is appropriate, and if necessary to document your reasons for requesting RMA modifications.
  • Crown modification treatments may be used in reserve zones. Removal of windthrown trees must be as specified in an approved plan.
  • The Gully Assessment Procedures Guidebook [Acrobat PDF Format] describes gully assessment procedures and management strategies.
  • Windfirm boundaries must be designed if standing trees are left in gullies. Where windthrow risk negates leaving standing trees, place large woody debris (LWD) across the channel.
  • The Mapping and Assessing Terrain Stability Guidebook describes terrain assessment procedures.
  • Windthrow should be assessed during field work, and adequate protective buffers should be left for deferred areas.
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